IoT is in the making, right now with many new ideas coming forward every single day. Research and development efforts are being committed across the globe, with China, Russia, the US and many other countries, racing to enable their military and other institutions with this technology for the lead in technological supremacy. However, with all this research being committed, it is evident that we still haven’t reached a stage where IoT and its complimenting technologies have matured to the point that we can simply deploy these advancements in the commercial sphere. For that to happen, we’re going to have to wait. And here’s why:


Integrating devices is impossible without some sort of standardization. Think about it, what do you do when you get a computer built by one manufacturer and some piece of hardware developed by another manufacturer? You need the driver software for the said device. This is exactly how devices in the IoT realm will work. For integration, these devices are going to need some sort of connecting or interfacing mechanism. Otherwise, data being sent across devices may just get interpreted in the wrong manner, if it ever gets received to begin with. That said, integration and integrity of data both depend heavily on standardization of these techniques and practices.


How do you ensure the correct data got sent? And how do you ensure, no one was eves dropping over a wireless connection with its infinite access points? You require stringent security measures to make sure people with malicious intent as well as ill-designed devices don’t end up breaking the integrity of the system and causing disruption. Otherwise, over a network that connects thousands and maybe even millions of devices across borders, ensuring the correct and sole reception of data being sent can become your worst nightmare.


With proprietary technologies coming up from every single player in the arena, obviously there’s a huge gap in the design and development of the finished product. That is why, devices in the past have failed to work. With the cloud infrastructure provided by one company, and the communication interface manufactured by the other, it is no surprise that issues such as protocol mismatches and configuration issues have left early investors regretting their decisions.

For this purpose, a certain level of standardization is required, and that can’t happen without proper academic developments, something which the industry is not really interested in since as soon as something gets to the point of maturity, money-making becomes the primary concern. Without standardization, it could be quite a while before we see any actually credible commercial applications.